The field of Image guided intervention combines the phenomenal potentials and precision of the already available and new technologies in imaging to the precision and quality that new robot technologies can give. Such synergy will revolutionise diagnostic and treatment especially in very relevant fields of healthcare like oncology and endovascular diseases. Thanks to the new developments of robotics, it will be possible to exploit the precision of the various imaging modalities at its best.
During the last decade surgical treatment options have largely evolved from invasive therapies to minimal invasive modalities including percutaneous procedures, and IGI is very beneficial to optimize these techniques. Collaboration in this field between the University of Twente and the UMCG will lead to a successful transition of research projects from bench to fist-in-man studies.
TISSUE PERFUSION IMAGING IN PERIPHERAL ARTERIAL DISEASE
Most patients with peripheral arterial disease need endovascular revascularization of the infrainguinal and infrapopliteal arteries to prevent major amputation. So far, imaging and treatment modalities have been focussed on the macrovasculature. Improvement of tissue perfusion, and thus the microvasculature is however the key for successful clinical outcome. Recently, several non-invasive and invasive tissue perfusion techniques have been introduced. These techniques have to be validated and correlated to per-procedural imaging during endovascular interventions. At the end tissue perfusion imaging guided interventions may improve outcomes and lower the risk of reocclusions, reinterventions and major limb loss.